WHAT OTHERS SAY: Military culture on trial at Fort Leonard Wood

The trial of Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez highlighted one concern that victims' advocates fear most — allegations of intimidation and threats of retaliation for reporting sexual assaults.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A better way than flushing gallons down the toilet

The EPA says that an average American family of four can flush more than 100 gallons of water per day down the toilet. Innovations like low-flow toilets and waterless urinals can decrease the amount of water pouring into treatment plants.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pulling plug on wind farm was right move

The developer of a proposed wind farm has dropped its plan for a wind-power project in the northwest part of the state. However, Missouri should create a board that would review and permit placements of future wind-power projects.

DEAR READER: Missourian clears up confusing AP style issues

World changes and the lightning fast pace of news call for changes in how the Missourian edits the news and helps its readers stay informed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wishes won't fix the problems of climate change

In any battle that pits the Earth’s future against the wishes of big donors or constituents worried about their jobs, donors and jobs win every time.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Looking for integrity and character in the NFL

The NFL will lose its dominance in the American entertainment landscape if it doesn't devise a comprehensive solution for handling player misconduct issues.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to protect journalists who risk their lives

Journalists' work is essential to democracy, and we should extend to them basic protections.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Taking stock of city matters, the good and the bad

Despite housing development fiascoes, the city's support of same-sex marriage is this week's silver lining.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Passion behind separation movements has honorable history

The right of self-determination runs through the human spirit, and diverse groups deal with it in their own ways.

DAVID ROSMAN: New blimp promotes ideas for Missouri, but only from the right

The blimp is an advertising tool promoting Rex Sinquefield and Missouri House Speaker John Diehl’s “100 Great Ideas” initiative. It asks the people of Missouri to submit their ideas about improving the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to ban all texting and driving

Kansas gets it right. The state bans all drivers from texting and driving via its state laws. Missouri and Oklahoma should do the same.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's ISIS strategy has a long shot at victory

The problem is more political than military, and always was.

GUEST COMMENTARY: MU is not straightforward on climate change

MU advertises its commitment to green initiatives, but its actions fall short of that goal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hefty funding to stop border crossings needs review

Given the hefty price tag of border surge operations — now the exclusive burden of Texas taxpayers — more realistic goals are needed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New language in early-voting ballot issue makes sense

The proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot will ask Missouri voters whether to authorize a no-excuses-needed early voting period for future general elections.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Movement to ban plastic bags gains steam

California is on the verge of becoming the first state to make it against the law for stores to give shoppers disposable plastic bags with their purchases.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take this civics quiz that only 4 percent of high school students passed

The Missouri Civics Education Initiative is promoting a state law that requires high school students to pass a civics test before graduation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's hunger problem keeps getting worse

Over the past decade, as a percentage of population, more Missourians have fallen into hunger, defined in a USDA report as “very low food security,” than in any state in the nation.

DEAR READER: Meet the 2014-15 Missourian Readers Board

Readers Board members help the Missourian stay connected to the community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU campus

The dedication of a newly developed and planted tree, the Buck's Unlimited Oak, gives students and faculty alike a chance to take a breathe and look forward.